The ice cream thread
Just curious about some ice cream-related questions and thought I'd start a thread for everything around it. So, the three questions that come to mind:
- What is your favorite commercially available ice cream?
- If you make your own, can you share a recipe?
- Any recommendations on affordable ice cream makers for the home?
Thought about this while eating some Haagen Dazs White Chocolate, Raspberry, and Truffle which has become my absolute favorite recently.
The best ice cream I can remember was a Turkish Coffee from a place in upstate NY. I wish I could remember the producer. It was fabulous. Not Ronnybrook Farms, although their stuff is great.
My commercial 'go to' is Ben & Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, although a little sweet.
There's a guy in Jersey called Mr. Green Tea who makes some really great Japanese flavours.
Flavors Ive made:
cilantro lime with jalapeno
white miso with lemongrass
capn crunch berry both the crunch flavor and the crunch berry
cookies and cream
white chocolate macadamia
and endless variations by infusing say ginger with peach or mint with chocolate or by adding texture like caramel coins or marshmallow swirls.
Im sure there are more flavors as well not even beginning to count sorbet and sherbet. Ill add more as I remember them but this is a good starting place. I can share base recipes as well later on.
Step 1: get a Paco-Jet...:D
That's a nice list. I assume that with a nice set of base recipes, a lot can be improvised. BTW, what is the difference between vanilla and French vanilla? As for the Pacojet - I may have to define 'affordable'...
I generally hate ice cream, but will eat it when it is very cold out. I like spicy in the summer and cold in the winter.
I like some of the boozier flavors from Amy's in Austin. But outside of that, the new Five Mint from Hagen-Dazs is great.
I was just thinking of this the other day. During the summer I usually eat fresh fruit and in the fall I eat more ice cream as I am in denial that summer is leaving.
The best unique ice cream I have tried was bread and pistachio ice cream that is a specialty in the port town of Aden in southern Yemen. Mmmmhh. And the best ice cream I make is peanut butter. I actually hate peanut butter on its own, but I love peanut butter ice cream and it is really easy.
As for more gourmet ice creams I've made: sweet corn, pear and pecorino, and avocado. And the next ones I want to try are: sage, olive oil, black pepper-vanilla, ginger root-cardamon, and roquefort-honey.
The stranger ideas/combos I want to try: coconut-curry, tabasco, and bourbon-corn flakes. I hear in Japan they have a really good wasabi ice cream too, but I bet they use fresh wasabi.
Just FYI, I have David Liebovitz's book, The Perfect Scoop, and it is a great resource for making your own.
My tastes in ice cream are pretty pedestrian -- vanilla, peach with fresh, local peaches, that kinda thing. I was given a counter top Cuisinart ice cream maker, and make it fairly regularly. My recipe is 3 cups of half and half, 3/4 cup of sugar, and a generous splash of vanilla. The vanilla is critical. My sister goes on medical mission trips every year (she just returned from Ecuador), and when she goes to Haiti or the Dominican Republic, she brings back vanilla that will blow your socks off. That's all we use.
My favorite as a child was grape but it is mow hard to find. A couple of years ago I had root beer ice cream and it was great but also hard to find. My favorite Hagen Daz was vanilla Carmel latte but they discontinued it (in Canada any how) now my go to is dulcee or chocolate peanut butter.
Anybody ever have/made Guinness ice cream?